BOLLIGER TEAM SWITZERLAND: A LONG HISTORY
Together with SERT, Bolliger Team Switzerland is one of the oldest teams competing in the endurance world championship. Third in the 2015 provisional classification, Bolliger Team Switzerland is fuelled by passion and the commitment of its founder Hanspeter Bolliger and its array of volunteers.
Bolliger Team Switzerland, which is ninth on the Bol d’Or starting grid, seizes every opportunity to get on the podium. Horst Saiger, Roman Stamm and Daniel Sutter claimed third place on the podium after the 24 Heures Moto in Le Mans at the start of the season. The private Swiss team regularly laps just behind the factory teams. Bolliger Team Switzerland finished third at the 2014 FIM endurance world championship, and was runner-up in the 2005 and 2010 world championships.
The team was set up by – and gravitates around – Hanspeter Bolliger, head mechanic and himself a rider in the early 1980s. The team has grown under his direction to include a group of volunteers with unflagging drive, season after season. This explains why, despite its limited budget, Bolliger Team Switzerland manages to do battle on the track with far better funded and equipped teams.
Besides enthusiastic volunteers, Bolliger Team Switzerland has had the same loyal sponsors for years: Kawasaki Switzerland, Motorex (a Swiss brand of lubricants) and Pirelli.
“I’m the team mechanic, but I’m no salesman,” Hanspeter Bolliger admits. “My son Kevin handles the marketing and communications side of things these days. But most importantly, we have a huge and very dynamic fan club, the Speedy Gonzalez. We’ve got 30 Speedy Gonzalez members here at the Bol d’Or this weekend.”
A fan of vintage machines, Bolliger is also competing in the Bol d’Or Classic.